CNBC business news reporter Jane Wells is based in Los Angeles, where she covers retail, agriculture and defense as well as reports on California's economy, West Coast real estate and Las Vegas. Wells also writes the blog Funny Business for CNBC.com covering a variety of unusual items. Wells came from CNBC's "Upfront Tonight," where she served as a senior correspondent.
Wells joined CNBC in 1996, providing special coverage of the O.J. Simpson civil case for "Rivera Live." Prior to joining CNBC, she was a correspondent for the Fox News Channel and Los Angeles reporter for NBC's flagship television station, WNBC, in New York. Her television news career includes reporter positions with KTTV, Los Angeles; WTVJ, Miami; and KOB, Albuquerque. She has also contributed international reports for CNN.
Wells has received numerous honors for her work, including a 1992 Peabody Award and duPont Award for her role in the live coverage of the Rodney King Trial. That same year, she earned a Los Angeles Emmy Award for her investigative reporting. She also has received UPI, Press Club and Emmy Awards for feature reporting; three Florida Emmy Awards for news reporting; and the Investigative Reporters and Editors Award for team reporting.
Wells holds bachelor's degrees in broadcast journalism and philosophy from the University of Southern California, where she graduated with honors. She and her husband have two children and live in Los Angeles.
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It's time to praise the business of being funny during a week when we could sure use a good laugh. First, the video clip is one of the more clever parodies of Gov. Sarah Palin. It's a "swift boat"-style "expose" of her hockey mom credentials.
When times get tough, Americans get...sarcastic. Check out this listing on Craigslist. It lists Lehman Bros. as for sale for $1, adding, "Company needs some lovin' and is a good project for the person who likes fixin' things. Will entertain any reasonable offers or trade for new iphone 3g or xbox 360."
In the business of politics, there may be competition now for the famous "Hope" posters with the artsy depiction of Sen. Barack Obama. Now you can get the GOP take with a $4 "Hottie for VP" sticker.
If you want to insure amounts above $100K, you need to structure accounts in different ways--$100,000 for you individually, more in a joint account with a spouse, and more in a Payable-on-Death (POD) trust account with beneficiaries.
In the Beverly Hills Courier today is the public notice announcing the foreclosure of Ed McMahon's home:
Reporters are camped out en masse outside Lehman's headquarters, including our Rebecca Jarvis. Attached is a photo a Lehman employee shot of a sign at a coffee shop there.
Mendocino County is known for growing marijuana, most of it illegal, and a lot of it is on fire.
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Toilet sales have risen 28 percent since 2011, according to American Standard CEO Jay Gould.
CNBC's Jane Wells spends a day in the life of a Malibuian.
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